Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
DRINKARD is one of the men who early invaded the wilds of Douglas county
and has fought steadily on through all sorts of reverses, overcoming obstacles
and finally winning a success of which he is eminently worthy. He
was born in Grundy county, Missouri, on April 1, 1857, being the son of
William and Martha (Wilson) Drinkard. The mother was born in North
Carolina and the father in Missouri. He took part with the Confederates
in the Civil War. In 1865, the family came across the plains to Linn
county, Oregon, where our subject received his education and grew to manhood.
In 1886 he left that country and located in Douglas county. He took
a preemption and homestead. His land is well improved with good buildings
and is farmed to small grain almost entirely. Mr. Drinkard also has
some cattle and horses. He has won considerable property and is one
of the well-to-do men in this portion of the county. The earlier
years here were fraught with much hardship and self denial. Mr. Drinkard
has five brothers and four sisters, James O., William J., Robert, George
W., Homer, Mrs. Flora B. Taylor, Anne, Mrs. Etta Taylor and Mrs. Hattie
At Colfax, Washington,
on September 25, 1887, Mr. Drinkard married Miss Sarah, daughter
of Silas and Mary Pearl Keeney, pioneers of Oregon. Mrs. Drinkard
was born in Linn county, Oregon, on July 13, 1864 and died September 20,
1892. She had one half brother, Enoch, and one sister, Mrs. Laura
Taylor. To Mr. and Mrs. Drinkard two children were born, Vera Grace,
on November 6, 1888 and Ada Etta, on March 18, 1890, the former in Linn
county, Oregon, and the latter in Douglas county. Mr. Drinkard contracted
a second marriage on January 16, 1897, Anna McHargue, the daughter of Z.
Taylor and Malvina (Boyce) McHargue, natives of Missouri, becoming his
bride at that time. Mrs. Drinkard was born in Grundy county, Missouri,
on March 15, 1873.
Mr. Drinkard is a member
of the Maccabees while he and his wife are adherents of the Methodist church.